Beth M. Coleman, P.A.
Appellate Law 

Attorney Profile

Beth M. Coleman is an AV® Preeminent peer-review rated* attorney with over 26 years of appellate and civil litigation experience.  She has briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts including the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Florida Supreme Court.  

As a litigator Ms. Coleman handled all aspects of trial and pre-trial practice in complex civil cases for corporate and individual clients.  She has first- and second-chaired bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts.  A significant portion of her practice has been devoted to federal court work, which involves advanced analysis, writing and research.  Ms. Coleman's practical litigation perspective contributes to her success in appellate matters and in partnering with trial attorneys on a litigation support basis.   

Ms. Coleman is active in the Bar.  She served two three-year terms on the Florida Bar's Appellate Court Rules Committee.  Prior to that she served for many years as the Communications Chair for the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the Self-Represented Litigation and Pro Bono committees of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section.  She has also been a barrister in the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court.  Ms. Coleman also participates as a panelist, speaker, and moderator at appellate practice and research and writing seminars, and writes articles for local Bar publications on issues of interest to appellate and litigation practitioners.

Ms. Coleman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all Florida state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Prior to opening her own firm in 1998, Ms. Coleman worked with a private Tampa law firm and also clerked for the Honorable Steven D. Merryday of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ms. Coleman received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was an editor of the North Carolina Law Review and had an article published in that review.  She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.



*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. 


Additional details on Ms. Coleman's background and experience:

Legal Education:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 1991
Note Editor for the
North Carolina Law Review
Author, The Constitutionality of Compulsory Attorney Service:  The Void Left by Mallard, 68 North Carolina Law Review 575 (1990)

Undergraduate Education:

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bachelor of the Arts, May 1988

State/Court Admissions:

Florida Supreme Court, 1991
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh and D.C. Circuits
United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Professional Experience:

Beth M. Coleman, P.A., St. Petersburg, Florida 1998-present
Salem, Saxon & Nielsen, P.A., Tampa, Florida 1991-1998
Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Steven D. Merryday, United States District Court Judge
for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, 1995-1996

Professional Activities, Associations, and Organizations:

Member of the Florida Bar, including Appellate Practice Section
Member of the Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee (2005-2011)
Member of the Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section Pro Bono Committee
Committee Member and Author of chapters on oral argument and motions in the Pro Se (Self-Represented) Appellate Handbook by the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
Board Member of the Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter (1998-2007)
Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, including Appellate Practice Section
Barrister, J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court (2014-2017)

Ms. Coleman also participates as a panelist, speaker, and moderator at appellate practice and research and writing seminars, and has authored articles in local Bar publications on appellate issues.

To learn more about how Ms. Coleman may be able to assist you, contact her at:  

Beth M. Coleman, P.A.
beth@bmc-legal.com
(727) 526-1220


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P.O. Box 7280
St. Petersburg, FL  33734

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